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Ophea is looking for input from community leaders and youth!

Monday, June 23, 2014
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Ophea is creating a resource to provide community leaders with easy-to-use visual supports that addresses mental health promotion through healthy eating, as well as the impact of substance abuse on mental health. This is for use with children and youth in multiple settings (i.e. classroom, after-...

TGfU – Learning & fun through games and choice

Thursday, June 19, 2014
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The Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) approach focuses on helping students build a range of fundamental movement skills while also catering to their diverse needs and interests. For full details on the TGfU approach read our TGfU 101 blog. TGfU promotes a love of games and a joy in being...

PlaySport is back and better than ever!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
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The updated PlaySport resource is a free, bilingual, activity-based website that makes it easy for educators, coaches and recreation leaders to get kids up and active! PlaySport helps children and youth develop an understanding of and competency with skills and strategies associated with physical...

Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) 101

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
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Building physical literacy—defined as the ability to move with competence in a variety of physical activities—is at the heart of Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU). The approach focuses on helping students learn fundamental movement skills, concepts and principles that they can apply to a...

Bringing the spirit of Pan Am/Parapan Am Kids Program to a community near you!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
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The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015) has drawn 15 organizations across Ontario as winners of the Pan Am/Parapan Am Kids contest!  Winners were chosen from organizations, including schools, camps and after-school programs that signed up for the Pan Am/Parapan Am...

Brand New Provincial Healthy Schools Initiative!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
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We’re developing a Healthy Schools Accreditation process to support and recognize individual schools working hard to make their school community a healthy one. It’s time to celebrate Ontario schools for their exceptional hard work in taking the Healthy Schools approach, which is why Ophea has...

Summer fun in the sun!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
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Summer is here and that means there’s more time to get physically active outdoors! It’s also important for adults and for kids to be protected and safe while enjoying their time in the sun. Skin cancer is one of the most preventable types of cancer but according to The Canadian Skin Cancer...

#OpheaPLAY –Week Five Highlights & Wrap Up

Monday, June 2, 2014
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Ophea’s 31-Day Photo Challenge #OpheaPLAY started May 1st, and on our fifth and final week we continued to be inspired by the fantastic, creative and active pics being shared!   Thank you to everyone for participating in #OpheaPLAY, taking the time to share your photos, and create 31 days of...

#OpheaPLAY –Week Four Highlights

Friday, May 23, 2014
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Ophea’s 31-Day Photo Challenge #OpheaPLAY started May 1st, and four weeks in we continue to be inspired by the fantastic, creative and active pics being shared!  The Challenge celebrates all the great things everyone is doing at work and play to be healthy and active. We’ve developed a list of...

The healthiest place on the planet

Thursday, May 22, 2014
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The statistics are alarming. Only 7 per cent of today’s kids aged 5-11 and only 4 per cent of youth aged 12-17 are physically active.[i]   Forty five per cent of children (aged 12-17) report that they consumed fruit or vegetables at least five times per day and 24 per cent of children (aged 3-17)...